Remember when I told you about the room I designed for Elizabeth's 40th Birthday present from her husband? Well it's almost done and her party was this past weekend. So I'm going to show it to you.
My sister was totally radiant last night! I loved her new fabulous navy dress and skinny white belt.
Here she is with my sweet nephew Luukas Junttila. He was the bartender at the party.
There was lots of Veuve flowing, it's Elizabeth's favourite Champagne.
But first, here's her family room before. I did not have a big sample of the blue we chose so I asked her to paint up two samples in lighter and darker values.
We had already bought the cabinet and lamp on the left when we were choosing the new family room turquoise. Elizabeth discarded the lighter one immediately, she loves blue so she choose the darker one (above) BM Passion Blue 2053-50.
Notice we held a white piece of paper behind the colour, this colour is extreme so it probably wasn't necessary but when you hold a new colour over the old one, it's better that you aren't distracted by the old colour.
Here's the before. The new upholstery from IKEA had already arrived but you can see the old and very bad sconces on the walls, the lumpy TV and cabinet as well as the old sofa that sat in here.
I had the electrician remove the random sconce on the back wall.
Here is the new room. The cable box is in the storage room behind the TV. I randomly hung their family photos around the TV. The best thing about this makeover is that there's still plenty of space for the kids to play and set up their train tracks.
The owl pillows are my favourite!
After (White faux leather ottoman from HomeSense)
Entry Hall, before. A dark sage green.
Here's the new grey before I hung the mirrors in an arrangement inspired by Suzanne Kasler.
Here's the vignette before the new carpet was installed on the stairs.
And here's the after.
We found the grey for the entry hallway by going through all my large samples. Luckily, the tile she inherited is pretty neutral and even though it's dated, we found a pretty grey BM OC-56 Moonshine to go with it.
By the way, if you want your colour confidence to go from 0 – 10 in 30 seconds flat, having large colour samples will do it. It's impossible to be consistently accurate without them.
Love the new wall sconces. If you get lights with shades you get instant atmosphere when you flick the light, even if you do buy them on a budget.
Here again, I had the electrician remove the random and way-too-high sconce light on the upper right corner above the window.
Normally a wall like this in an entry wouldn't have a window on it, but this one does and it's the only place to have a cabinet, so up against the window wall it went.
This cabinet is great for storing all the kids shoes! I also loved the way it happened to relate to the oak staircase (below).
You can get a glimpse of the turquoise umbrella from the outdoor room I posted last week.
Here are Bill's sisters, Pam & Paula.
Maria & Elizabeth
My mom Hellen and Elizabeth
As a very special treat, mom made Karjalan Piirakat or rice boats as we affectionally call them, for the party. They are so time consuming to make we don't get them often. I posted the instructions and recipe here.
It was a wonderful party and my sister is thrilled with her new entry and family room!
Hope you had a fun summer weekend!
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